Sector-Specific Employment Training, Certificate

Grow your skills and confidence with practical training in the food industry and food growing sector. Develop new skills, gain work experience and earn a college certificate.

Employment and Training Program students working in a community garden

Program at a glance



Work experience

Clinical/fieldwork placement

Study options



Open to International



15 weeks

Applied, entry level, hands-on learning

With our help and support, you’ll learn entry-level employment skills, obtain external certifications, get practical workplace experience, and develop the confidence to pursue further learning, volunteering and employment opportunities. 

ETP Food prep

Certificate in Sector-Specific Employment Training

Upgrading programs and courses are tuition-free for some domestic students. The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) covers the cost of textbooks and student and registration fees for eligible students.

Sector-Specific Employment Training helps you develop the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that prepare you for employment in a variety of entry-level work sectors. Each specialization can be completed in 15 weeks; part-time study options are available. You will be introduced to the language, practices and skills used in different sectors through applied learning activities and work experience placements. 

Develop new skills

Develop new skills, gain work experience and earn a college certificate.

    We want to hear from you!

    Give us a call so we can customize an education plan that is just right for you. All ETP programs can be completed in four months or longer on a part-time basis. Students often stay with us for several terms and complete multiple programs. Programs start each September (Fall term) or January (Winter term) and are taught on the Interurban campus. 

    Contact Laura Friesen from the School of Access to get started 250-370-4981

    Program outline

    For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

    Program outline

    Tuition and fees

    Effective from September 1, 2024, to August 31, 2025

    Estimated tuition

    Tuition estimates are for the entire program.

    For domestic students, 0-level upgrading courses are tuition-free.

    Sector-Specific Employment Training - Customized Employment Training, Certificate

    $2,051 (domestic)

    Sector-Specific Employment Training - Customer Service Skills, Certificate

    $2,051 (domestic)

    Sector-Specific Employment Training - Farm to Table Food Service, Certificate

    $2,051 (domestic)

    Domestic tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

    Student fees

    In addition to tuition estimates, student fees are calculated based on your enrolment. Refer to: Student Fees.

    Financial assistance

    The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) covers student fees, deposit, tuition (if applicable), required textbooks and childcare support for eligible students enrolled in 0-level upgrading courses.

    You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

    Financial Aid & Awards 

    Curriculum & courses

    Admission requirements

    All students admitted to the Sector-Specific Employment Training program must participate in an interview to determine suitability for the program and for working in an applied learning setting at the college. A Certificate in Employment Preparation is advised.

    Information and application process

    Step 1 - Contact us

    Contact Laura Friesen, Instructor, Sector-Specific Employment Training at friesenl@camosun.ca250-370-4981 to schedule an intake conversation. 

    Step 2 - Intake conversation

    Chat with an instructor to discover if ETP is right for you. Determine which courses you will start with.

    If you discover that ETP is not the right program for you, we may be able to suggest alternative programs or resources.

    Step 2 - Application/Financial Aid/Registration

    ETP staff will help you fill out all the necessary forms and guide you through the process:

    For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

    Note: Each ETP program is a stand-alone offering. Current students must inform ETP staff that theywish to continue on to another ETP program and book an intake conversation. 

    Our teaching staff

    Camosun College is fiercely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students’ individual journeys.

    Faculty/staff profile

    Jody Isaac

    Jody Isaac

    Instructor, Employment Training and Preparation
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    Full bio

    ETP student outside

    Learn more

    For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar. 

    Contact information

    Laura Friesen, Chair of Employment Training and Preparation

    We want to hear from you!

    Campus location

    Camosun College Interurban
    4461 Interurban Rd
    Victoria, BC V9E 2C1

    Location link

    Interurban Campus